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No. 3 Villanova Men's Basketball Pauses For COVID-19 Again; Next Three Big East Games Postponed
  by: iradioal - Philadelphia, PA
started: 01/04/21 4:38 pm | updated: 01/04/21 4:38 pm
Villanova Men's Basketball paused basketball operations for a second time due to coronavirus COVID-19 issues on Monday, 1/4, for at least a 10-day quarantine. The Wildcats next three games have been postponed including Tuesday, 1/5, at DePaul; Friday, 1/8, vs. Marquette; and Wednesday, 1/13, at Xavier. The program had just returned to practice on Sunday, 1/3, after head coach Jay Wright and an unnamed staff member tested positive in late December. Villanova tests players daily before practice. Two players tested positive on Monday, 1/4, prompting the new shutdown.

The 8-1 Wildcats did not play last week, but still managed to move up to #3 in the rankings. Their Saturday, 1/2, matchup against Xavier was moved to Jan. 13, and is now postponed again. New dates for the postponed games have not been announced.

Head coach Jay Wright said:

"We are obviously going through a tough time right now in our program. We had quarantined for 10 days with nine consecutive days of negative tests for all players. On the 11th day of our quarantine we practiced together, for the first time (Sunday). We test every day before practice. So, today we were getting ready to practice and head to DePaul this afternoon, and we learned we had two positive tests from players. That immediately shuts us down and puts us into a 10-day quarantine at least. That's what we know exactly at this time. We're in that mode of trying to figure that out."

"I feel great. I am ready to come out of quarantine tomorrow. I tested positive on Dec. 26. It had nothing to do with the players - it was me. Because I tested positive on the 26th, we went back to the 23rd, which was the last time we were all together at Marquette. We weren't together on the 24th or 25th, even when the players met with their families. The players went into quarantine while I was in isolation. We had them in a hotel in individual rooms from the 26th to Jan. 2. They were isolated. No players did anything wrong. A couple of staff members tested positive on the 26th and 27th but they weren't with the players. The virus can show itself within 14 days so that is something we are looking at."

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